Glammed-up travellers dress to impress at Appleby horse fair

Glammed-up travellers dress to impress at Appleby horse fair

Here come the girls! Glammed-up travellers don their finest clobber and lashings of make up for the Appleby horse fair

  • Travellers donned their finest outfits as they stepped out on Saturday afternoon
  • Crowds strutted down the streets of Appleby-in-Westmorland in Cumbria 
  • Guests refused to let threat of ‘serious violence’ dampen their spirit at the event 

Glammed-up travellers refused to let the threat of violence dampen their excitement as they stepped out in their finest clobber at Appleby horse fair yesterday. 

Crowds of women donning various designer goods strutted their stuff through the streets of Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria for the annual gathering on Saturday afternoon. 

It comes after police sent in armed officers after receiving officers received information about groups intending to cause ‘serious violence’ as part of on-going feuds. 

Trying their best to impress, travellers wore their finest bling and heavy make-up looks paired with vibrant outfit choices at the event yesterday. 

Glammed-up travellers refused to let the threat of violence dampen their excitement as they stepped out in their finest clobber at Appleby horse fair yesterday

Smiling in the sunshine, one traveller opted for an elaborate patterned dress paired with a pair of oversized black sunglasses, featuring a pearl encrusted chain, and a diamante bracelet

One guest opted for a Tommy Jeans t-shirt, paired with a matching Louis Vuitton belt and purse, a hat with the word ‘icon’ written on it- paired with a gem-stoned crucifix necklace and ripped jeans. 

Another donned pearl encrusted crucifix earrings paired with a tight crop top and animal print trousers, with a full make-up look including very voluptuous eyelashes.  

Smiling in the sunshine, another traveller opted for an elaborate patterned dress paired with a pair of oversized black sunglasses, featuring a pearl encrusted chain, and a diamante bracelet. 

Guests appeared to be in high spirits despite Cumbria Police implementing an ‘immediate’ Section 60 order to avoid violence at the event. 

One guest donned pearl encrusted crucifix earrings paired with a tight crop top and animal print trousers, with a full make-up look including very voluptuous eyelashes

Crowds of women donning various designer goods strutted their stuff through the streets of Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria for the annual gathering on Saturday afternoon

The order allows officers to search people without needing to suspect that they may be carrying weapons for a certain period of time. 

 The order began at 9.30am on Saturday 14 August and expired at 12.30am last night. 

Superintendent Matt Kennerley of Cumbria Police said: ‘The police have information that there are a number of groups intending to travel to Appleby Horse Fair this weekend intent on causing serious violence as part of on-going feuds between different groups.

‘This is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. In response to this information and to help keep people safe, a number of measures are to be implemented immediately.

The fair is usually held in early June outside the town of Appleby, in Cumbria, and attracts around 1,000 caravans, hundreds of horse-drawn vehicles, and around 30,000 visitors

‘Policing resources will be increased in key areas and at key times. In addition, people are likely to see armed police in the Appleby area to allow such officers to respond swiftly and effectively to any potential situation that arises.’

The fair is an annual gathering for Gypsy, Romany and travelling communities and is billed as the biggest traditional Gypsy Fair in Europe.

Around 10,000 travellers were expected to attend the event who traditionally come to buy and sell horses.

It also offers an opportunity for the traveller community to come together to celebrate their heritage and culture. 

One girl donned a pink and white polkadot playsuit paired with an oversized fuchsia hat while her pal donned a brown skirt and white crop tops 

The fair is usually held in early June outside the town of Appleby, in Cumbria, and attracts around 1,000 caravans, hundreds of horse-drawn vehicles, and around 30,000 visitors.  

The festival kicked off this Thursday, with thousands of travellers from across the UK saddling up traditional horse and bow top carts as they headed to the event. 

Over the years, the mass gathering has generated allegations of violent crime, animal cruelty and mess left in the town. However the RSPCA, which patrols the fair, has said just a small minority of visitors have ever shown scant regard for animal welfare.

Already travellers have clashed with locals in neighbouring market towns when they decided to set up an overnight camp at the Upper Eden Rugby Club when their camp was sprayed with cow manure and sectioned off with boulders.

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